The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced today the regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards and the local news operations of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NXST) are the proud recipients of nine awards including Overall Excellence (Small Market), Best Breaking News Coverage (Small Market), Investigative Reporting (Small Market), Sports Reporting (2) (Small Market) and Broadcast Affiliate Website (Small Market).
“These prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards are a testament to our commitment to addressing the information needs of local viewers and we are extraordinarily proud and congratulate our reporters, anchors, sportscasters, digital media specialists and other personnel that are being honored,” said Perry Sook, President and Chief Executive Officer.
The RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971 and the 2014 awards mark the second straight year Nexstar stations have captured nine regional awards. In the 2014 competition, Nexstar news operations in seven markets were distinguished with the following honors:
|1||WSYR||Syracuse NY||Broadcast Affiliate Website (Small Market)|
|2||WTAJ||Altoona, PA||Best Breaking News Coverage (Small Market)|
|3||KGET||Bakersfield, CA||Overall Excellence (Small Market)|
|4||KGET||Bakersfield, CA||Continuing Coverage (Small Market)|
|5||KGET||Bakersfield, CA||News Series (Small Market)|
|6||KOLR/KOZL||Springfield, MO||Sports Reporting (Small Market)|
|7||WMBD||Peoria, IL||Breaking News Coverage (Small Market)|
|8||WTWO||Terre Haute, IN||Investigative Reporting (Small Market)|
|9||WEHT||Evansville, IN||Sports Reporting (Small Market)|
“Nexstar consistently elevates the level of service provided to local communities in the markets we serve with in-depth, locally-originated news programming and online content with WSYR Syracuse’s award for best broadcast affiliate website acknowledging our industry leading digital content initiative,” said Jerry Walsh, Director of Local Content Development – East Region at Nexstar Broadcasting. “In acknowledgement of outstanding journalistic contributions, and broadcasting excellence Nexstar and Mission stations have garnered more than 339 awards over the past five years including 161 state broadcast association awards, 64 local and other broadcasting awards, 42 state Associated Press awards, 33 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, 16 State Society of Professional Journalists Awards and 15 Emmy Awards. We applaud our stations and our passionate broadcasting teams who will continue to build on their industry-wide leadership in delivering exceptional service in our markets with local news, lifestyle, sports, weather and other programming that is relevant and vital to local viewers.”